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Wednesday's April 2nd, 9th and 16th lunches are at the Roundheads.

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Ben Oskroba's First professional goal for the Peoria Rivermen

Drago's Hockey Lessons

Here is a video, thanks to Perry and Paula. on How to be a Hockey Player 

Here is a link to all 40 past Duffer Road Trips. Duffer road trips

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Wags Hockey

Duffers Make Blackhawk History during the Great Blizzard of 1978

Klinger is back in town.  Papa Joe came out to join in the fun.  Our girl Ania left us for Texas. I'm working on my Ann Arbor Photo Story.  I'm looking for songs that will go with the pictures.  If you have a copy of "I've been working on the Railroad", please send it to me.

Duffer News

Fastest Game in Years!

Romeoville, IL March 28, 2014  Attendance: 21

Fast Game with Great Goaltending!

Reds scored first when Tweedy's shot deflected off of the Czar and beat the Brain. The Whites tied it up on a shot from the slot by BBTW which was stopped by Eddie, but Little Bill knocked in the loose change.  Great goal tending kept the score at  1-1 after one.  In the second, Terry made a nice pass to Little Bill to give the Whites a 2-1 lead.  Later in the period, Terry was credited with a goal when Tweedy returned the favor and tapped one in for Terry to give the Whites a 3-1 lead after

The Czar and Berserk talk Business

two.  Tweedy skated past T&A and his son t&a, then He beat the Brain with a nice backhander. Mini Wheezer scored shortly after that to tie it up at three.  In the 3rd period The Czar reminded T&A that He was meaningful and that he had not scored since the Ann Arbor trip, so T&A stripped the puck from Berserk and  made his patented break away move to beat the Anvil like a rented Harley.  That gave the Whites a brief 4-3 lead, but Tommy Z passed to Tweedy who quickly tied it at 4. The Brain was screened by Fred on that goal and Fred was glad that the shot missed him.  Mini Wheezer scored the game winner on a nice pass from Joe III.  T&A was wearing a Red Jersey during warm ups, but Tommy Z traded him to the Whites.  Both teams were stacked with talent. Each team only had one guy to slow them down. Goal tending was outstanding and we had a thrilling 5-4 game.  The Anvil had Greg Z and BBTW's number, as he stoned them many times. Reds 5; Whites 4; The Whites won the Meaningful contest with T&A's goal.

Memorable Moments: 

  • Beak had a dizzy spell and fell on his 8 year old hip without pain.  Fred kept telling him that he didn't do it while trying to help him up.
  • The Teens, Lil' Bill and t&a, were well behaved and gave Tommy and Tweedy a good work out.
  • Both teams were loaded with talent and the goalies had to bring their "A" game to keep the scores from reaching double digits.
  • Only six more games left in the season.

The Czar was too young to remember a little Bill from Com ED

The Last of the Ann Arbor Pictures

Time to head out and beat the snow storm home.

One last stop for some healthy food.

When we got back, Frank's car needed a jump!

Thor's Van was buried in Beak's back yard.  He got out in an hour.

My Grandson Jeff's truck that was hit by a 3000 lb. car that was doing 65 mph.  He is lucky to be alive.

Klinger says that Energy = Mass X Velocity squared.  Do the math. Excell says the energy would be 12,675,000 pounds or something.


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(Anvil's Daughter won it!)

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They Have 2 WODs and  on their team. Their DOD moved to Canada for Graduate School.

WOD=Wife Of a Duffer, DOD = Daughter of a Duffer

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2013-2014 (Junior): Ryan Dzingel

(through games of Jan. 12): Played in first 18 games, with team-high 13 goals and 27 points, tied for second with 14 assists ... in the Top 5 in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten in points per game (1.50) and goals per game (.72) ... point in 15-of-18 games ... had 9-game goal-scoring streak Nov. 2-Dec. 29 and 10-game point streak Nov. 2-Jan. 10 ... leads Big Ten in points, second in goals, fourth (tied) in assists ... 1st in B1G, t-2nd in NCAA in gamewinning goals (4) ... notched first Big Ten Hockey hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night 1/10 vs. Michigan State (+3 in the game) ... B1G 2nd Star of the Week after 5 points vs. Mercyhurst 12/28-29; a goal, assist and +1 mark in game one, career-high tying 3 assists and +3 in game two ... three points (one goal and two assists) vs. Michigan 12/2 ... PPG in the first period at Michigan 11/29 ... three points in series with Canisius 11/15-16; two points (one goal and one assist) with +2 mark in game 1, goal in game 2 ... three goals vs. Niagara 11/8-9, including both gamewinners and 2 power play goals, 1 shorthanded tally; 2G and +1 in game two ... goal 11/2 vs. Minnesota Duluth ... three-point effort (one goal and two assists) vs. Bowling Green 10/29, with +3 mark ... helper in each game vs. Robert Morris 10/25-26 ... Assists 10/11 vs. Miami and 10/15 at BG ... +10 overall ... Ohio State is third in the NCAA in scoring offense (3.83 goals per game) and the power play is tied for seventh nationally (.221).

2012-2013 (Sophomore):

Played in all 40 games on the year, ranking first on team with 38 points and 16 goals, second with 22 assists ... honorable mention All-CCHA selection, receiving two first place votes ... in CCHA games only, finished third in league in points (28), tied for second in assists (18), tied for 10th in goals (10), first in power play points (4g, 11a, 15p) ... in all games, tied for second in CCHA in points, tied for sixth in goals and fourth in assists, leading league in power play points (five goals and 14 assists for 19 points) and power play assists ... tied for first in CCHA play and tied for sixth overall among league players with three gamewinning goals ... points in 14 of last 17 games (6g, 14a, 20p) ... eight-game point streak Nov. 10-Dec. 7 with four goals, seven assists and 11 points in the stretch ... four points in CCHA quarterfinals series vs. Ferris State; power play goal and +1 mark in game two; career-high three assists in game three win (second career three-point game) ... assist March 2 at Miami; held scoreless in game one at Miami March 1 to end five-game scoring streak (2g, 4a, 6p) ... goal Feb. 22 vs. Michigan, assist Feb. 23 vs. the Wolverines ... assist in each game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 15-16, +1 in game one ... two points, with a goal and an assist, and +1 Feb. 9 at Alaska ... three points in series with Notre Dame Feb. 1-2; two power play goals and +1 mark in opener, helper in game two ... three points in series vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 25-26; assist in opener, goal, assist and +1 in game two ... three assists at Northern Michigan Jan. 18-19, with two helpers in game two ... netted first career hat trick Dec. 29 vs. Penn State to earn CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Three Rivers Classic All-Tournament Team accolades; +2 in the game and had six shots; all goals were even strength ... assist Dec. 7 vs. Robert Morris to extend point streak to eight ... scored gamewinner with 2:13 left at Michigan State Nov. 30 and had two assists in game two win Dec. 1; +1 in opener, +2 in second game ... goal in each game at Lake Superior State Nov. 23 (GWG) and Nov. 24 (PPG); +1 in game one ... four points vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 16-17 with two points in each game; two assists, +1 in opener, PPG, assist in game two ... scored GWG in win at Bowling Green Oct. 26 (+1 in the game), assist in game two vs. the Falcons Oct. 27 ... first career shorthanded goal came Oct. 20 at Quinnipiac ... assist vs. Alaska Nov. 10, +1 vs. the Nanooks Nov. 9 and scored shootout winner in sixth round ... wore captain's C 12 for 12 regular-season series and in the playoffs ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

2011-2012 (Freshman):

Played in 33-of-35 games (DNP Oct. 28 vs. Alaska because of injury and Jan. 15 vs. Michigan) ... earned honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team accolades ... shared team lead with 24 points and had team-high 17 assists ... fourth in scoring among CCHA rookies in all games; t-11th in assists and t-13th in power play points among all league players ... finished conference play fourth in rookie scoring (19) and t-11th in assists overall (14) ... 22nd among all NCAA freshmen in points per game (.73) ... career-high two goals, two assists and four points in 6-5 win at Michigan Nov. 19 to earn CCHA Rookie of the Week honors; goals both came on the power play 16 seconds apart; +2 in the game ... goal and an assist for two points (all on the power play) at Western Michigan Feb. 11 ... three points in series with Michigan State Feb. 3-4; goal in opener and two assists in game two; +2 in second game ... scored gamewinning goal on a 5x3 power play in the third period vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 7 for first collegiate point ... goal and assist for two points vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 8; goal was an extra attacker score with :56 left ... two-point game at Notre Dame Oct. 15 with unassisted GWG and an assist ... assist vs. Ferris State Jan. 21; +1 in each game vs. Bulldogs Jan. 20-21 ... assist on third-period game-tying goal Oct. 27 vs. Alaska ... assist vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 11 and in both games vs. Lake Superior State Dec. 2-3; +1 in game two vs. the Lakers ... assist and +2 Dec. 30 vs. Robert Morris ... assist and career-high +2 Oct. 21 at Michigan State ... helper at Bowling Green Jan. 8; +1 in each game vs. the Falcons Jan. 7-8 ... helper and +1 Nov. 4 at Alabama-Huntsville ... power play assist vs. Miami Feb. 25... Special Mention CCHA Rookie of the Month and Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in October after posting seven points in seven games (3-4-7) ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Highlights from Prior to Current Team:

Spent two seasons with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL ... had team-best 67 points to rank fifth in the USHL in 2010-11 ... 44 assists were fourth in the league and first on the squad ... added 23 goals (t-14th in the league) while playing in 54 regular-season games and serving as an assistant captain ... named to USHL Midseason All-Star Team ... member of U.S. Junior Select Team that won goal at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, British Columbia; had three assists in the tournament ... posted 26 points, including 11 goals, in 36 games for the Stars in 2009-10, joining the team full time for the second half of the year ... skated for Team Illinois ... graduated from Wheaton Academy in 2010 ... also played baseball and was conference player of the year as a senior and named all-state ... played varsity golf as well.

Personal History:

Son of Rick and Linda ... has two siblings, an older brother, Rick and a younger sister, Dana ... business administration major.



Here are 25 Yogi Berra quotes that will make you shake your head and smile.

1. "It's like deja vu all over again."
2. "We made too many wrong mistakes."
3. "You can observe a lot just by watching."
4. "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
5. "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

6. "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be."
7. "If you don't know where you're going, you might end up some place else."
8. Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his:
"I really didn't say everything I said."
9. "The future ain't what it use to be."
10. "I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."

11. On why he no longer went to Ruggeri's, a St. Louis restaurant:
"Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."
12. "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."
13. "We have deep depth."
14. "All pitchers are liars or crybabies."
15. When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes:
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

16. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
17. "Never answer anonymous letters."
18. On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: "Thank you for making this day necessary."
19. "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."
20. "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

21. As a general comment on baseball: "90% of the game is half mental."
22. "I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field),
they had bags over their heads."
23. "It gets late early out there."
24. Carmen Berra, Yogi's wife asked: "Yogi, you are from St. Louis , we live in New Jersey , and you
played ball in New York . If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi's
answer: "Surprise me."
25. "It ain't over till it's over.....


Maybe I'll have my grandson give me a tattoo.

Mike won 5 awards at the Tattoo Convention in Rosemont.

Call 630-493-1199 ask for Mike Lopatka

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Michelle Spillman

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Michelle hits a 2 run home run for Romeoville High School in a 3-0 victory against Joliet Catholic Academy.


Michelle Spillman hit a 2 run Home run to beat Joliet Catholic on April 18, 2012. ... greg Lopatka ... Michelle Spillman and Romeoville High School. ...

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Michelle Spillman hit her 4th homerun on April 21, 2012 to beat Hershey High. ... greg Lopatka ... Michelle Spillman "outdoor sports" ...


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Michelle hit a triple to help beat Highland Park High 8-5 on 4/21/2012.


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